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Press Release: Sadler's Wells - Company of Elders Art of Age II - 2 December

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Company of Elders

Art of Age II
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN
Friday 2 December
Performance at 7pm 
Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions)
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com

Company of Elders, Sadler’s Wells’ inspirational resident over-60s performance company, presents a mixed bill showcasing the artistic flair and creativity of its dancers in the Lilian Baylis Studio on Friday 2 December.


Art of Age II features Fragments, Not Forgotten by Seeta PatelEchoes by Jade Shaw; and an extract from Home Turf, Sadler’s Wells’ collaboration with West Ham United Foundation, choreographed by Michela Meazza. There will also be a screening of winning dance shorts from Pavilion Dance South West’s Joie de Vivre competition (2015 & 2016) and a preview of Elixir Festival 2017. 


Established in 1989, the Company of Elders has performed at locations ranging from The Houses of Parliament, National Theatre and Duckie Cabaret Club to foreign tours spanning Russia, Holland, Austria, Portugal, and the Venice Biennale. In 2009 (rebroadcast in 2012) the company was the subject of a BBC1 Imagine documentary, Imagine…Save The Last Dance.


The company’s 19 members meet weekly throughout the year at Sadler’s Wells and their performances have garnered global acclaim. The world class international choreographers and companies they have worked with include Matthew Bourne, Hofesh Shechter, Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon, BirdGang, Luca Silvestrini and Clara Andermatt.


In September 2014 the Company of Elders hosted the Elixir Festival at Sadler’s Wells, a four day festival which celebrated lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. The Elixir Festival returns in Spring 2017 with a full programme of activity, including KnowBody II on Sadler’s Wells’ main stage, featuring performances by Mats Ek and Ana Laguna along with new commissions performed by Dominique and Thusnelda Mercy and Nahid Siddiqui. A curated programme of performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio features Over 60s companies from across the UK and Europe, workshops for dancers and choreographers and a seminar debating and consolidating current practice.



Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. Under the Artistic Directorship of Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. 


Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 100 new dance works to the stage and its award-winning commissions and collaborative productions regularly tour internationally. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies, an Associate Company and three International Associate Companies. It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.


Located in Islington, north London, the current theatre is the sixth to have stood on the site since it was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera all having started at Sadler’s Wells. Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation and currently receives approximately 9% of its revenue from Arts Council England. 



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